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Through Nov. 29: The Foreigner pretends he doesn’t understand English—and ends up learning more than he wanted to know. Larry Shue’s comedy hits Avo Playhouse Thur. & Fri. at 7:30, Sat. & Sun. at 2 & 7:30. 303 East Vista Way, Vista, 760-724-2110, moonlightstage.com.

Through Dec. 6: Picasso at the Lapin Agile explores what would happen if Picasso and Albert Einstein met. New Village Arts Theatre undertakes Steve Martin’s humorous, thought-provoking play, Thur.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. 2787-B State St., Carlsbad, 760-433-3245, newvillagearts.org.

Through Dec. 12: Holiday Memories, Russel Vandenbroucke’s adaptation of two Truman Capote stories, plays at Scripps Ranch Theatre Fri. & Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2. Legler Benbough Theatre, Alliant International University, 10455 Pomerado Rd., Scripps Ranch, 858-578-7728, scrippsranchtheatre.org.

Through Dec. 13: San Diego Repertory Theatre takes a holiday gamble with Seafarer. Conor McPherson’s script plays Wed. at 7, Thur.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2 & 7, plus some shows Tues. at 7 & Sat. at 2. Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619-544-1000, sdrep.org.

Through Dec. 20: Bank robbers Bonnie & Clyde shoot ’em up at La Jolla Playhouse, Tues. & Wed. at 7:30, Thur. & Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., UCSD campus, 858-550-1010, ­lajollaplayhouse.org.

Through Dec. 27: With cornstarch snow crunches and sung commercials, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play transports Cygnet Theatre audiences into the studio experience as well as the story, Wed.-Thur. at 7:30, Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619-337-1525, cygnettheatre.com.

Through Dec. 27: The Grinch shows us why it’s not easy being green in the Old Globe Theatre’s yearly run of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Call or see Web site for schedule; no shows Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 4, 10 & 25. 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619-234-5623, theoldglobe.org.

Through Jan. 3: Dickens comes to Escondido as the Welk Resort Theatre presents A Christmas Carol: The Musical, Tues., Thur. & Sat. at 1:45 & 8, Wed. at 1:45 & 7, Sun. at 1:45. 8860 Lawrence Welk Dr., Escondido, 760-749-3448, welktheatre.com.

Dec. 1-27: Lamb’s Players Theatre’s Festival of Christmas is filled with the music of the season. Tues.-Thur. at 7:30, Fri. at 8, Sat. at 4 & 8, Sun. at 2 (no show Dec. 25). 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado. 619-437-0600, ­lambsplayers.org.

Dec. 3–Jan. 2: At Diversionary Theatre, Paul Rudnick’s The New Century promises gratuitous nudity and snappy one-liners, Thur. at 7:30, Fri. & Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. 4545 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619-220-0097, ­diversionary.org.

Dec. 4 at 7, Dec. 5 at 7 & 9:30: Jerry Seinfeld stands up for comedy at the Civic Theatre. 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619-570-1100, ­broadwaysd.com.

Dec. 4-20: Eight angry reindeer inhabit Jeff Goode’s dark comedy The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, at Compass Theatre Wed. & Thur. at 7:30, Fri. & Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2. 3704 Sixth Ave., Hillcrest, 619-688-9210, ­compasstheatre.com.

Dec. 5 at 7:30: Pala Casino’s Grand Cabaret presents comedian Jo Koy from the Chelsea Lately Show. 11154 Hwy. 76 East, Pala, 619-220-8497, palacasino.com.

Dec. 5 at 8, Dec. 6 & 7 at 7: How Do You Spell Chanukkah? answers that question and more at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Ste. D, Solana Beach, 858-481-1055, ­northcoastrep.org.

Dec. 6-20: Welcome to Ramallah returns to Compass Theatre Dec. 6, 13 & 20 at 7, Dec. 8 & 15 at 7:30. 3704 Sixth Ave., Hillcrest, 619-688-9210, ­compasstheatre.com.

Dec. 8 at 9:30 & 11:30 a.m.: California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s Performances for Youth series features the Platt Brothers, a trio who grew up in a house without TV and were forced to be creative to entertain themselves. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, 760-839-4138, ­artcenter.org.

Dec. 10-23: The SantaLand Diaries fol­lows an out-of-work actor who becomes a Macy’s elf. New Village Arts Theatre mounts David Sedaris’ decidedly different Christmas show Thur.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. 2787-B State St., Carlsbad, 760-433-3245, ­newvillagearts.org.

Dec. 11-20: Paige Davis and Patrick Page say I Do! I Do! at the  Old Globe Theatre, Tues. & Wed. at 7, Thur. & Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619-234-5623, ­theoldglobe.org.

Dec. 11-27: North Coast Repertory Theatre undertakes A Christmas Carol, Wed. at 7, Thur. & Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Ste. D, Solana Beach, 858-481-1055, northcoastrep.org.

Dec. 13-27 at 6:30: Lamb’s Players Theatre moves down the street to the Hotel del Coronado for the nightly An American Christmas, an old-fashioned feast for the ear and eye as well as the mouth. No show Dec. 25. 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. 619-437-0600, ­lambsplayers.org.

Dec. 14-16 at 7:30: Sister’s Christmas Catechism explores the hilarity behind the mystery of the magi’s gold. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Ste. D, Solana Beach, 858-481-1055, ­northcoastrep.org.

Dec. 17 at 8: Comedian Lisa Williams. appears at Pala Casino’s Grand Cabaret, 11154 Hwy. 76 East, Pala, 619-220-8497, palacasino.com.

Dec. 21 & 28 at 7:30: An Unscripted Carol takes over the North Coast Repertory Theatre stage. 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Ste. D, Solana Beach, 858-481-1055, ­northcoastrep.org.

Dec. 26-30: At the Civic Theatre, Shen Yun Performing Arts immerses audiences in a dazzling performance depicting the Chinese culture. Sat.-Wed. at 7, Sun. at 1:30. 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 570-1100, sdspectacular.com.

Ongoing: The Comedy Palace offers a Greek buffet at 6 before the show, Thur. at 8, Fri. & Sat at 8 & 10. 8878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., 858-573-9067, ­thecomedypalace.com.

Ongoing: The Comedy Store produces nightly shows. 916 Pearl St., La Jolla, 858-454-9176, ­thecomedystore.com.

Ongoing: Mystery Café’s interactive The Good, the Bad and the Udderly Ridiculous takes place during dinner, Fri. & Sat. at 8 at the Imperial House Restaurant (505 Kalmia St., downtown). 619-544-1600, mysterycafe.net.

Ongoing: National Comedy Theatre offers competitive improvisational humor, played like a sport, Fri. & Sat. at 7:30 & 9:45. 3717 India St., 619-295-4999, ­nationalcomedy.com.


Nov. 27–Dec. 19: Artists stopping in at the San Diego Sports Arena include Kiss and Buckcherry, Nov. 27 at 7:30; Aventura, Dec. 12 at 8; Lady Gaga, Dec. 19 at 7:30. 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., 619-224-4171, sandiegoarena.com.

Nov. 28 at 8: The Neurosciences Institute hosts the Mike Wofford New York Trio. 10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr., Torrey Pines Mesa, 858-405-2691, villamusica.org.

Nov. 28–Dec. 20: Acoustic Music San Diego presents Po Girl, Nov. 28; Tom Russell, Dec. 4; John Gorka, Dec. 13; Charlie Louvin, Dec. 20. All shows at 7:30. 4650 Mansfield St., Normal Heights, 619-303-8176, ­acousticmusicsandiego.com.

Nov. 28–Dec. 29: Anthology presents Brian Culbertson, Nov. 28; Anthology House Band, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 at 7; Danny Green, Dec. 2; Kenny Neal Band, Dec. 4; The Dave Matthews Band Tribute, Dec. 11; Burt Brion, Dec. 16; David Maldonado, Dec. 23; The Doors Tribute Band, Dec. 26. Shows at 7:30 unless noted. 1337 India St., Little Italy, 619-595-0300, anthologysd.com.

Dec. 1 at 8: Stinson and Hans Fjellestad perform at Sushi Art. 390 J St., downtown, 619-235-8466, sushiart.org.

Dec. 2 at 4 & 7: The Pacific Belles chapter of Sweet Adelines takes the audience on a humorous romp through “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 760-839-4138, artcenter.org.

Dec. 2-4: Musicians visiting UCSD’s The Loft include Build, Dec. 2 at 8; Jenny Scheinmen, Dec. 3 at 8; Girls, Dec. 4 at 9. 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, 858-822-3199; theloft.ucsd.edu.

Dec. 2-30: Acts at Soma include Forever the Sickest Kids and The Rocket Summer, Dec. 2; A Skylit Drive, Dec. 3; Thrice, Dec. 4 at 7; Craig Owens, Dec. 6 at 6; Pac Tour Battle of the Bands, Dec. 9; The Devil Wears Prada and All That Remains, Dec. 11; The Faceless, Dec. 12; Saosin, Dec. 19; Anthony Green, Dec. 30 at 7. Shows at 6:30 unless noted. 3350 Sports Arena Blvd., 619-226-7662, somasd.com.

Dec. 3 at 8: UCSD Wind Ensemble’s challenging program typically ranges from classical to cutting edge. Prebys Concert Hall, Gilman Dr. & Russell Lane, UCSD campus, La Jolla, 858-534-TIXS, ­artpwr.com.

Dec. 3 at 7:30: Mannheim Steamroller rolls into the San Diego Civic Theatre with its Christmas program. 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 570-1100, sdcivic.org.

Dec. 3-31: Those rockin’ the Casbah include Little Dragon, Dec. 3; Baroness and Earthless, Dec. 4; Cold Cave, Nite Jewel and Ale Mania, Dec. 5; Stellastarr and The Postelles, Dec. 6; Tristeza, Kill Me Tomorrow and Drew Andrews, Dec. 12; Big D and the Kid’s Table and Sonic Boom Six, Dec. 15; El Vez, Los Straitjackets & the Lovely Elvettes, Dec. 19; The Jivewire Before Christmas, Dec. 23; Exile on Kettner Blvd., Dec. 24; Sweet and Tender Hooligans, Dec. 31. Doors open at 8:30 unless noted. 2501 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy; 619-232-4355, ­casbahmusic.com.

Dec. 4 at 8: Trans-Siberian Orchestra shows off music from its new double album at the San Diego Sports Arena. 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., 619-224-4171, ­sandiegoarena.com.

Dec. 4 at 7: Lilith, a new opera by Guggenheim Award–winning composer Anthony Davis, features an original libretto by Thurgood Marshall Provost. CPMC Concert Hall, Gilman Dr. & Russell Lane, UCSD campus, La Jolla, 858-534-TIXS, ­artpwr.com.

Dec. 4 at 8: La Jolla Symphony & Chorus presents Bernstein’s Mass. UCSD’s Mandeville Auditorium, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, 858-534-4637, lajollasymphony.com.

Dec. 4 & 5: San Diego Academy of Ballet dances The Nutcracker Dec. 4 at 7:30, Dec. 5 at 1 & 7 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 760-839-4138, ­artcenter.org.

Dec. 4 & 5 at 8, Dec. 6 at 2: “Ode to Joy” is part of the San Diego Symphony performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Copley Symphony Hall, 1245 Seventh Ave., downtown, 619-235-0804, ­sandiegosymphony.com.

Dec. 4-6: MiraCosta’s Dance Program performs Shapes and Reflections 2009 Dec. 4 at 7:30, Dec. 5 at 2 & 7:30, Dec. 6 at 2. 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside, 760-795-6815, miracosta.cc.ca.us.

Dec. 4, 5, 17 & 18 at 7:30: The Nutcracker comes to life with the San Diego Ballet, Dec. 4 & 5 at the East County Performing Arts Center (210 E. Main St., El Cajon), Dec. 17 & 18 in Mandeville Auditorium (9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla). 619-294-7378­, sandiegoballet.org.

Dec. 4, 12, 18 & 26: San Diego Folk Heritage pre­sents contra dances taught and called to live music at 8, with free dance lessons 7:30-8. Trinity United Methodist Church, 3030 Thorn St., North Park, 619-283-8550, sdfolkheritage.org.

Dec. 4-29: Performers at the Belly Up Tavern include Atomic Groove, Dec. 4 at 5:30; Bebel Gilberto, Dec. 8 at 8; Son Volt, Dec. 12 at 7; Average White Band, Dec. 13 at 8; Foreigner, Dec. 15 at 8, Gary Ho Ho Hoey’s Rockin’ Show and The Grass Heat, Dec. 16 at 8; Venice, Charlie Vaughn and The Daily Routine, Dec. 17 at 9; Candye Kane, Dec. 18 at 5:30; Pink Floyd laser tribute with Have a Cigar and Dazed and Confused, Dec. 18 at 9; Atomic Groove Christmas Show, Dec. 20 at 8; Cash’d Out, Dec. 26 at 9; Hepcat Dec. 27 at 8; Cracker and Camper van Beethoven, Dec. 29 at 8. 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, 858-481-8140, bellyup.com.

Dec. 5 at 7: San Diego Folk Heritage presents Trails and Rails, which showcases cowboy and train songs along with the history of the West. Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd., Poway, 858-566- 4040, sdfolkheritage.org,.

Dec. 5-20: Musical performances at Mira­Costa College include “Jazz, Pizzazz & Razz­ma­tazz” from the Windjammers Concert Band, Dec. 5 at 2; Winter Sing & Swing, Dec. 11 at 7:30; MiraCosta College Jazz Ensemble with Ernie Watts, Dec. 12 at 7:30; A Tribute to Tarrega, Dec. 13 at 2; Green Songs, Dec. 15 at 7:30; tribute to the music of Los Van Van, Dec. 17, 18 & 19 at 7:30, Dec. 20 at 2. MiraCosta College Creative Arts Complex, Studio A, 1 Barnard D., Oceanside, 760-795-6815, miracosta.edu.

Dec. 5-22: Scripps Performing Arts Company stages a child-friendly version of The Nutcracker at The Grand Del Mar (5300 Grand Del Mar Ct.) Dec. 19-22 at 11 a.m. & 1, with full-length performances at Scripps High School Theatre (10410 Treena St.) Dec. 5, 6, 12 & 12 at 2. 858-586-7834, ­superkidslive.com.

Dec. 6-20: San Diego Civic Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker, Fri. at 7, Sat. at 1 & 7, Sun. at 1. 1600 Village Place, Balboa Park, 619-233-3060, sdcyb.com.

Dec. 7 at 8: Camera Lucida, comprising UCSD music faculty and San Diego Symphony musicians, features works by Andrieu, Bach, Webern and Ravel. CPMC Concert Hall, Gilman Dr. & Russell Lane, UCSD campus, La Jolla, 858-534-TIXS, ­artpwr.com.

Dec. 8 at 8: Morrissey performs in concert at Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., 619-235-0804, ­sandiegosymphony.com.

Dec. 8-13: Broadway/San Diego brings The Ten Tenors to the Civic Theatre, Tues. at 7, Thur. at 7:30, Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 1 & 6. 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619-570-1100, ­broadwaysd.com.

Dec. 9-16: Among the acts at the House of Blues are Skinny Puppy, Dec. 9 at 7; Train Tickets, Dec. 11 at 7; Zero7, Dec. 16 at 9. 1055 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619-299-2583, hob.com.

Dec. 10 & 11 at 7:30: Orchestra Nova essays Handel’s Messiah, Dec. 10 at St. Paul’s Cathedral (2728 Sixth Ave., downtown), Dec. 11 at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church (743 Prospect St., La Jolla). 858-350-0290, ­orchestranova.org.

Dec. 11 & 12 at 8: The annual Carols by Candlelight celebration illuminates the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 760-839-4138, ­artcenter.org.

Dec. 12 at 8: Dave Koz & Friends perform in concert at Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown, 619-235-0804, ­sandiegosymphony.com.

Dec. 12 at 1 & 5:30, Dec. 13 at 1: California Ballet dances The Nutcracker in the Poway Center for the Performing Arts (15498 Espola Rd., Poway). 858-560-5676, californiaballet.org.

Dec. 13 at 2: Balboa Theatre hosts a program of Irish Christmas Music. 854 Fourth Ave., downtown, 570-1100, ­sdcivic.org.

Dec. 11-20: City Ballet performs the holiday classic The Nutcracker, Fri. at 7:30, Sat. at 2 & 7:30, Sun. at 2. Spreckels Theater, 121 Broadway, downtown, 858-272-8663, ­cityballet.org.

Dec. 16-20: Matthew Garbutt conducts “Home for the Holidays” in the San Diego Symphony’s Winter Pops season, hosted by Michael Cavanaugh and featuring Mariachi Champaña Nevin, Dec. 16 & 17 at 7:30, Dec. 18 at 8, Dec. 19 at 2 & 8, Dec. 20 at 2 & 7:30. Copley Symphony Hall, 1245 Seventh Ave., downtown, 619-235-0804, ­sandiegosymphony.com.

Dec. 18 at 8: La Jolla Music Society presents pianist Marc-André Hamelin. Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858-459-3728, ljms.org.

Dec. 18 & 19: West Coast Ballet Theater & San Elijo Dance and Music Academy’s The Nutcracker enlivens the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Dec. 18 at 7, Dec. 19 at 1 & 7. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 760-839-4138, ­artcenter.org.

Dec. 19 at 7:30, Dec. 20 at 2: The MiraCosta College Masterworks Chorale’s Holiday Celebration mixes light classical music and seasonal selections. MiraCosta Theatre, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside, 760-795-6815.

Dec. 29 at 7:30: John Mayer Trio, Mayor Hawthorne and The County perform at Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown, 619-235-0804, ­sandiegosymphony.com.

Jan. 1 at 2:30: The Strauss Symphony of America performs its annual New Year’s concert, Salute to Vienna, Jan. 1 at 2:30. Copley Symphony Hall, 1245 Seventh Ave., downtown, 619-235-0804, ­sandiegosymphony.com.

Ongoing: The Spreckels Organ Society hosts free concerts every Sun. at 2 showcasing a variety of organists and civic organist Carol Williams. Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, 619-702-8138, ­sosorgan.com.

Ongoing: The Bluefoot Bar & Lounge hosts live dance performances on the second Tues. of every month at 8. 3404 30th St., North Park, 619-756-7891, ­bluefootsd.com.

Ongoing: Dance Jam, a free-form barefoot boogie open to all, is every Fri., 9-midnight. Eveoke Dance Theatre, 2811 University Ave., North Park, 619-298-2687, movingarts.net.

Ongoing: USA Dance, San Diego chapter, holds social dance parties, first and fourth Sat. of each month. Lessons at 7, dancing 8-11. First Sat. at Dance North County (535 Encinitas Blvd., Ste. 100, Encinitas); fourth Sat. at Synergy Dance Zone (7480 Miramar Rd.) 760-525-5124, ­usabda.org.


Through Dec. 3: Marionette and puppet shows put on by the Balboa Park Puppet Guild include “Santa and the Ho Ho Thief,” Nov. 25 & 27-29 & Dec. 2-3. Shows are Wed.-Fri. at 10 & 11:30, Sat. & Sun. at 11, 1 & 2:30. Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre (near the Air & Space Museum), Balboa Park, 619-544-9203, ­balboaparkpuppets.com.

Through Feb. 28: Imax films at the Fleet: Under the Sea visits colorful coral reef “gardens,” through Feb. 28. Adventures in Wild California shows off the state’s wild side, through Dec. 31. Amazon travels the world’s mightiest river, through Jan. 31. Call for showtimes. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-238-1233, rhfleet.org.

Through Jan. 3: The Holiday of Lights at the Del Mar Fairgrounds drive-through light show and exhibit is themed for the holiday season, with more than 400 displays. Sun.-Thur. 5:30–10, Fri. & Sat. 5:30-11. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 858-755-1161, holidayoflights.com.

Nov. 29 & Dec. 20: The San Diego Chargers take on the Kansas City Chiefs, Nov. 29 at 1:05; Cincinnati Bengals, Dec. 20 at 1:02. Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Rd., 619-280-2121, chargers.com.

Dec. 2: At dusk on the first Wed. of each month, the San Diego Astronomy Association hosts Stars in the Park, a public telescope viewing event outside the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-238-1233, rhfleet.org.

Dec. 4-6: The Head to Toe Women’s Expo fills the Del Mar Fairgrounds with more than 200 vendors offering beauty products and clothes. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 619-491-0677, headtotoewomensexpo.com.

Dec. 4 & 5: The December Nights annual event fills Balboa Park with happy crowds taking in the free museum admission (5-9 both nights) and other festival delights. Fri. 5-10, Sat. noon-10. 619-239-0512, ­balboapark.org/decembernights.

Dec. 5: California Center for the Arts, Escondido hosts its fifth annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland, with dancing lights, Victorian carolers, children’s art activity, costumed entertainers, a visit from Santa, free cookies and a snow play area for children. Free. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 760-839-4138, ­artcenter.org.

Dec. 5, 6, 19 & 20: Art Mart features displays by local artists, including paintings, woodwork, jewelry and pottery, first and third Sat. & Sun. of the month, 9-4. Balboa Park, lawn area near Federal Bldg., 619-235-1105.

Dec. 6, 11-2: The Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center hosts a free Hanukkah Happening, featuring a carnival, holiday crafts and silent auction. 4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla, 858-457-3030, lfjcc.org.

Dec. 12-13, 10-4: The Great Train Expo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is geared toward the model-railroad enthusiast, with more than 300 train tables and dealers. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 630-383-2017, trainexpoinc.com.

Dec. 12, 11-8: The Downtown Business Association of Escondido sponsors a monthly Second Saturday Art Walk. Downtown Escondido centered around Grand Ave., 760-745-8877, ­downtownescondido.com.

Dec. 12 at 6: The San Diego Derby Dolls skate into the Del Mar Fairgrounds for a roller derby match. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 858-755-1161, sdfair.com.

Dec. 30 at 5: The Pacific Life Holiday Bowl returns to Qualcomm Stadium for the year-end game. 9449 Friars Rd., Mission Valley, 619-285-5059, ­holidaybowl.com.

Ongoing: At Birch Aquarium’s “Wonders of Water” exhibit, patrons of all ages explore the wet stuff with three outdoor water-play stations. “Feeling the Heat: The Climate Challenge” educates about global warming Open daily 9-5. Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, 858-534-FISH, ­aquarium.ucsd.edu.

Ongoing: Nature walk with a trail guide, first Sat. of each month at 9:30 a.m. Marian Bear Me­mor­ial Park, Hwy. 52 & Regents Rd., 858-581-9944.

Ongoing: Tours are available by appt. for Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, a unique mosaic sculpture garden by Niki de St. Phalle, open Tues.-Sun. from 8:30 to dusk. Kit Carson Park, 3333 Bear Valley Pkwy., Escondido, 760-839-4331, queencalifia.org.

Ongoing: The Rip Squeak & Friends Gallery at Seaport Village invites the young and young at heart to experience magic and make-believe at Rip Squeak Story Times, Sat. at 11 & 1. 849 W. Harbor Dr., Ste. B, 619-531-1127, ripsqueak.com.

Ongoing: San Diego Natural History Museum’s wide-screen theater shows Ocean Oasis, spotlighting the rich seas of Baja, Sun.-Thur. at noon & 4, Fri. & Sat. at 2 & 4. Human Body: Pushing The Limits—Brain Power screens Sun.-Thur. at 11, 1, 2, 3 & 5, Fri. & Sat. at 11, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 & 7:30. The new 3D movie theater spotlights Dinosaurs Alive! 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-232-3821, sdnhm.org.


Through Dec. 5: Joseph Bellows Gallery celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first U.S. moon landing with an exhibit featuring photos from Michael Light’s book Full Moon. Tues.-Fri. 10-5, Sat. 11-5. 7661 Girard Ave., La Jolla, 858-456-5620, ­josephbellows.com.

Through Dec. 10: Kruglak Gallery at MiraCosta College displays “Back and Forward.” Mon. & Tues. 2:30-7:30, Wed. & Thur. 11-3. 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside, 760-795-6657, ­miracosta.edu.

Through DEC. 12: University Art Gallery at UCSD presents “Off the Beaten Path: Women, Violence and Art,” an exhibition that explores the ramifications of global gender-based violence. Tues.-Sat. 11-5. 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, 858-534–0419, uag.ucsd.edu.

Through Dec. 31: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library displays Stephen Curry’s “Next to Nothing” and K.V. Tomney’s “Keeping in Form.” Tues.-Sat. 10-5:30 (Wed. till 8:30). 1008 Wall St., La Jolla, 858-454-5872, ljathenaeum.org.

Through Dec. 31: At the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum, “Quint: Three Decades of Contemporary Art” surveys artists shown by Quint Contemporary Art, including Mel Bochner, Manny Farber, Jean Lowe, Kim MacConnel, Ryan McGinness and Patricia Patterson. Tues.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. 1-5. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, 760-839-4120, ­artcenter.org.

Through Jan. 3: At the San Diego Natural History Museum, “Baja California,” through Jan. 3 in the museum’s Ordover Gallery, displays imagery of the Baja peninsula by National Geographic photographer, author and expedition leader Ralph Lee Hopkins, along with images by American and Mexican photographers. “Fossil Mysteries,” exploring the fossil history of our region, looks at the development of life today using the window of the past, with interactive displays that let visitors play paleontologist. Daily 10-5. 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-255-0205, sdnhm.org, ordovergallery.com.

Through Jan. 9: Susan Hauptman’s works are on display at Lux Art Institute. Thur.-Fri. 1-5, Sat. 11-5. 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, 760-436-6611, ­luxartinstitute.org.

Through Jan. 10: At the Oceanside Museum of Art, “An American Dream” showcases Gregg Jabs’ ceramic works, through Jan. 10. Tues.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. 1-4. 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, 760-435-3720, ­oma-online.org.

Through Jan. 17: At Visions Art Quilt Gallery, “Interpretations” is a juried exhibition of art quilts by Visions members.  Tues.-Sun. 10-4. 2825 Dewey Rd., Ste. 100, San Diego, 619-546-4872, quiltvisions.org.

Through Feb. 6: The Museum of Photographic Arts presents “Beloved Daughters,” through Jan. 31, photographs by Fazal Sheikh that focus on Indian women in an oppressive society and widows who have devoted their lives to the god Krishna. The fourth annual youth exhibition,“Through the Lens,” includes photographs of young students from San Diego, through Jan. 24. “Picturing the Process: The Photograph as Witness,” through Feb. 6. Tues.-Sun. 10-5 (Thur. till 9). 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-238-7559, mopa.org.

Through Feb. 28: The downtown site of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (1001 & 1100 Kettner Blvd., 619-234-1001) features installations by Tara Donovan, through Feb. 28. At the La Jolla location (700 Prospect St., 858-454-3541), “Automatic Cities: The Architectural Imaginary in Contemporary Art” and work from Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Cornell in “Museums in Miniature,” through Jan. 31. Both sites Thur.-Tues. 11-5 (third Thur. till 7). mcasd.org.

Through Apr. 30: At the Museum of Making Music, “Waves of Inspiration: The Legacy of Moog” explores the life and vision of inventor Robert Moog. Tues.-Sun. 10-5. 5790 Armada Dr., Carlsbad, 877-551-9976, ­museumofmakingmusic.org.

Through June 6: At the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, “Motion Mania” is all about the ways things move, through June 6. “Block Busters!” offers the chance to play architect as well as builder. “So Watt! An Illuminating Look at Energy” peeks at power. “Origins in Space,” a photographic display, demonstrates the role scientific discoveries play in our everyday lives. “Gallery of Illu­sions and ­Per­cep­tions” shows how your mind and body work together—and sometimes against each other—to make sense of the world around you. “Aging for All Ages” discusses the process of aging. “Kid City” lets youngsters 6 and younger experience the wonders of the everyday working world. Family Science Days are the third Sat. of the month, noon-3. Daily 9:30-6.1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-238-1233, rhfleet.org.

Through Sept. 5: At Mingei International Museum, “Sonabai—Another Way of Seeing,” features works from self-taught Indian artist Sonabai Rajawar, through Sept. 5. “Masters of Mid-Century California Modernism—Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman” offers an overview of the pair’s 50-year collaborative partnership, through Jan. 10. “Fisch Out of Water” features colorful marine-inspired ceiling installations, through Mar. 31. June Schwarz’ enamel vessels are on display through Mar. 31. Tues.-Sun. 11-4. 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-239-0003, mingei.org. Mingei’s North County satellite offers “Rite and Ritual—Ceremonial Art Across Cultures.” Thur.-Sat. 11-4 (second Sat. 11-8). 155 W. Grand Ave., Escondido.

Nov. 27–Jan. 17: At the San Diego Art Institute’s Museum of the Living Artist, the Winter C-Note Event fund-raiser offers original artwork  for $100, $200 and $300, Nov. 27–Dec. 13. Brian Dombrowsky solo exhibition, Dec. 11–Jan. 17 (reception Dec. 11, 6-8). Tues.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. noon-4. 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-236-0011, sandiego-art.org.

Dec. 5–Feb. 25: The San Diego Museum of Art’s “From Rembrandt’s Studio: The Prints of Ferdinand Bol” explores Rembrandt’s influence on the lesser-known Bol. Other SDMA exhibitions include “Oceanic Art: A Celebration of Form,” through Jan. 3. “Tastes in Asian Art” and “A Portrait of America: Selections from SDMA’s Permanent Collection,” ongoing. Tues.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. noon-5. 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-232-7931, ­sdmart.org.

Dec. 12–Feb. 6: Distinction Artist Stu­dios & Gallery presents “Sub 1K: California Style” (reception Dec. 12, 5-10). Thur.-Fri. 12-5, Sat. 10-5 (second Sat. 11-1) & by appt. 317 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, 760-781-5779, ­distinctionart.com.

Dec. 12–Feb. 14: At Joseph Bellows Gallery, “On Ice: Photographs by Len Jenshel and Diane Cook” features Greenland’s exquisite glaciers and icebergs. Tues.-Fri. 10-5, Sat. 11-5. 7661 Girard Ave., La Jolla, 858-456-5620; josephbellows.com.

Ongoing: Celebration Fine Art Gallery at the U.S. Grant Hotel offers contemporary works by more than 90 artists, as well as sculptures by legendary French artist Renoir. Sun.-Thur. 11-7, Fri. & Sat. 11-9. 326 Broadway, downtown, 619-232-3121, ­celebrationfineart.com.

Ongoing: At the San Diego Museum of Man, “Skull Stories: The Art of Ancient Surgery” focuses on methods and tools of trephining (removing a piece of bone from the skull). Permanent exhibits include “Footsteps Through Time: Four Million Years of Human Evolution,” “Discover Egypt,” “Ancient Egypt,” “Maya: Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth” and “Kumeyaay: Native Californians.” “Tower After Hours” programs celebrate a different heritage each month, last Thur., 6-8. Daily 10-4:30. 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-239-2001, ­museumofman.org.

Ongoing: The recently opened “Animal Art” exhibit at the New Children’s Art Museum helps kids learn about our animal relatives, along with interactive exhibits, workshops and events designed to send imaginations soaring. Fri.-Sat. & Tues. 10-4, Thur. & Sun. noon-4. 200 W. Island Ave., downtown, 619-233-8792, ­thinkplaycreate.org.

Ongoing: At the San Diego Air & Space Museum, “The da Vinci Experience” features replicas of mechanical devices envisioned by the artist. Ongoing exhibits: “Dawn of Powered Flight,” “World War I,” “The Golden Age of Flight,” “World War II” and “The Jet Age.” Family Day events illustrating basics of flight-related lessons take place the second Sat. of the month at 12:30, 1:30 & 2:30. Daily 10-4:30. 2001 Pan ­American Plaza, Balboa Park, 619-234-8291, ­sandiegoairandspace.org.

Ongoing: The San Diego Hall of Champions features exhibits on surfing, baseball-card art, Thoroughbred horse racing, Tony Hawk and locals who’ve achieved national fame, as well as displays about other sports. Daily 10-4:30. 2131 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, 619-234-2544, ­sdhoc.com.

Ongoing: At the San Diego Women’s History & Museum Educational Center, “All Our Grandmothers” journeys through the lives of women who lived in the San Diego region 100 years ago. “85 Years of Women’s Suffrage” features artifacts from past women’s rights movements. 2323 Broadway, 619-233-7963, whmec.org.

Ongoing: The San Diego Historical Society features “San Diego Style,” an exhibition featuring 20th-century fashion. Other attractions include “A Different Life: Finding Our Place in San Diego,” co-curated by a group of teenage refugees from Somalia. “Building an Early Identity: One Place, Many Cultures” is the second phase of a developing core exhibition, “Place of Promise: Stories of San Diego.” “Dressing a City: Selected Styles from Marston’s Department Store, 1878-1961” tours San Diego’s longtime hometown store, with fashions and accessories. A century of local artists’ work is showcased in “100 Years of Art in San Diego: A Retrospective.” “Changing Times for San Diego Women” displays 1950s photographs. Daily 10-5. 1649 El Prado, Casa de Balboa, Balboa Park. Historic Marston House is open Fri.-Sun. 10-5. at 3525 Seventh Ave., Balboa Park. 619-232-6203; sandiegohistory.org.

Ongoing: At the Timken Museum of Art, the Putnam Foundation Collection is on permanent display, with European old-master paintings, Russian icons and American art as the primary focus. Tues.-Sat. 10-4:30, Sun. 1:30-4:30. 1500 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-239-5548, ­timkenmuseum.org.

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